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City clears drains to prevent flooding

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Generally, cutting corners isn't a good thing to do.  But that's just what the La Crosse Waste Water Utility has to do.

They have to cut over 6,000 corners in La Crosse so the streets don't flood, ice over and create a big mess for everyone.

As plows move snow off the streets, it creates small mounds on corners, leaving no place for the water to flow down the catch basins, or drains on the street.

"With the erratic weather changes we've had over the last week or so with a lot of freezing, thawing, freezing rain sometimes those catch basins still ice up," Jared Greeno, Waste Water Utility Superintendent said.

He said it was especially important to cut corners before the snow storm because everything will likely freeze over making it hard to do later.

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